Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review: Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Shadows
League #4
by: Sherrilyn Kenyon
$21.99 hardcover
Grand Central Publishing
Sci-Fi Romance
Released: April 2011

When Caillen was a boy, he watched his father gunned down in cold blood, and was forced to assume leadership of his family.  It wasn't an easy life, but a promise made to your dying father isn't something Caillen takes lightly.  He'd do anything to keep his sisters safe, even taking the rap for them when they get caught smuggling illegal contraband.  Little did he realize the items his sister was smuggling carried the death penalty.  Mere seconds before the ax falls, he's saved by...his father?

Turns out he was kidnapped at birth, and is actually a prince.  Forced into a life of politics and parties, he's considering going back to his life of smuggling when he sees her.  Suddenly, being a prince doesn't seem all that bad.  Too bad she's got a tongue sharper than any dagger.

Desideria may be a princess on her world, but she's never had anything handed to her.  In her society, you have to earn everything you get, and only by defeating or killing your superiors in battle.  It's not an easy life, but it's the only life she knows.  Then at a conference, she meets a stuck up prince, although he doesn't act like the other diplomats.  His warrior stance and intimidating attitude make her yearn for something she can never have. 

When someone tries to kill her, Caillen doesn't hesitate to step in and save the day, only to end up stranded in a lifepod together and a bounty on their head to rival even the worst serial murderer.  As the two try and stay one step ahead of enemies both seen and unseen, they realize they're not as different as they think, and maybe they might have a shot at their happily ever after.

The League series is about a universe run by assassins, and woe to those who cross their path.  It's a great sci-fi series by an amazing author.  Sherrilyn Kenyon has managed to capture the full range of emotions needed to make not only the characters real, but the world as well.  Caillen and Desideria come from different worlds, but find out they're more alike than they realize.  It was great watching them stumble their way through the story trying to stay one step ahead of the countless assassins out to kill them.  Watching Desideria grow as a person was amazing to witness as well. 

Sherrilyn Kenyon is an amazing author, and I definitely recommend anything she writes, be it her League series or her Dark Hunter series.

Carla gives this book a

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